About Catherine Blackwood
I am a 2nd year PhD student in the Immunology and Microbial Pathogenesis program. I graduated in May 2016 from WVU with majors in Biology and Psychology, as well as honors in Biology.
I am a member Graduate Student Organization and am currently serving as the Academic Chair. I am also a Vice President of the Science Policy Organization, through which I was selected as the 2017 AAAS Catalyzing Advocacy for Science and Engineering (CASE) fellow. I enjoy participating in science outreach events to help bridge the gap between academia and the real world, and I hope that I can make this concept a lasting part of my career. I am interested in both research and policy, and plan to pursue expertise each of these fields in my future career.
I joined the Barbier lab in December 2016 and am interested in studying bacterial disease and development and evaluation of vaccine and non-vaccine immunotherapeutic strategies for Pseudomonas aeruginosa. My ultimate goal is to find therapeutic strategies to help people with Cystic Fibrosis live longer, fuller lives.
Outside of school, I like to hike, camp, and explore with my beagle, Daisy, make science-pun crafts, bake and cook, and spend time with my family and friends.